United City, has announced withdraw of the team from Philippines Football League(PFL) in the remaining matches of the season 2022/23 due to the reason of investor Riau Capital Live (RCL) failure and defaulted pay.
After end of the first leg of Philippines Football League(PFL) season 2022/23 United City has released all players in the team to find a new team. Which those important players will move to play in the local league and abroad namely Amirbek Juraboev Tajikistan player who move to join Kedah Darul Aman, and Mark Hartmann move to join Nakhonsi United in Thai League 2.
In addition, in the announcement, the club has said to sue Riau Capital Live (RCL) and awaits the outcome of legal proceedings.
“United City Football Club (UCFC) would like to announce that it has requested the Philippines Football Federation (PFF) to grant the Club “non participation” for the remaining 2022/23 Philippines Football League (PFL) while the Clubs awaits the outcome of legal proceedings in Singapore against its investor Riau Capital Live (RCL).” United City said in official announcement.
“UCFC had signed a major agreement with RCL, a Singapore based real estate & sports investment entity in mid 2021, which the same company finally defaulted under in October 2022.”
“Since RCL also failed to honor the agreed final settlement deadlines earlier this month, it has now forced UCFC to temporarily discontinue its professional football team operations and to withdraw its team from remainder of the 2022/23 PFL season.”
“UCFC would like to state that all players and staff were already released from their contracts immidialty after the first half of the 2022/23 PFL season and that all but one have signed new agreements with other clubs in the Philippines and abroad.”
“Following its request for “non participation”, UCFC has committed to the PFF that legal actions are being pursued to retrieve the investment and to settle the Clubs current liabilities while UCFC intends to return to PFF competitions for the 2023/24 season.”
“The Club would like to extend its tremendous gratitude to the players, staff and its management for its professional handling of this very stressful period of time during which the team still managed to win the Copa Alcantara and to finish the first half of the 2022/23 PFL season in second place and to wish everyone the very best in their respective new career.”
“A final thanks is extended to PFF President Mariano Araneta, PFF General Secretary Att Edwin Gastanes and PFL Commissioner Coco Torres for its support and guidance in order for UCFC to manage the complicated process.”
After United City withdrawal team have effect to Philippines Football League in season 2022/23 will play 6 teams only and results from all matches will be canceled and forfeited 0-3 in the all remains matches
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